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(B) S.W.A.T.

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Middle School
If this movie was going to be sold in a grocery store, it would be in a plain white box with black letters that say, "GENERIC SUMMER EXPLOSION MOVIE." It is as predictable as the rhymes in a limer...

(B) Safe House

Genre: Spies
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Denzel Washington is the vodka and Ryan Reynolds is the orange juice in this spy story with top-notch action, middle-notch story, and bottom-notch ending, with a "surprise" plot twist that is obvio...

(B) Save the Last Dance

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
There is real logic and there is movie logic. Audiences are usually very forgiving of lapses in movie logic -- we recognize that people always get perfect parking spaces and have correct change an...

(B) The Secret Life of Bees

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
The beloved best-seller by Sue Monk Kidd has been brought to screen with great care, deep sincerity, and a perfect cast. Unfortunately, it is so careful, so lovingly burnished, so deliberate that ...

(B) Secret of the Wings

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: G     Audience: All Ages
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(B) The Secret World of Arrietty

Genre: Stories About Kids
MPAA Rating: G     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
A spirited young heroine and an enchantingly beautiful setting make a story of friendship and courage beguiling in Studio Ghibli's adaptation of Mary Norton's popular series of "Borrower" books.  ...

(B) The Sentinel

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
What this movie gets right is the dry, cynical, slightly gallows-ish humor of people who spend their lives on constant alert, knowing that 999 out of a thousand of the "suspicious" activities they ...

(B) Seven Days in Utopia

Genre: Sports
MPAA Rating: G     Audience: Middle School
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(B) The Shaggy Dog

Genre: Fantasy
MPAA Rating: G     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
A ring falls into the pants cuff worn by teenager Wilby Daniels (Tommy Kirk) while he is visiting a museum, and, not noticing, he carries it home with him. The ring’s ancient spell turns him int...

(B) She Hate Me

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The hero of a popular radio program and movie serial of the 1930's and 40's was "Jack Armstrong, the All-American Boy," whose very name evokes wholesome strength and fortitude. The hero of this pro...

(B) Sherlock Holmes

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
Perhaps even the great detective himself could not solve the mystery of why Sherlock Holmes holds the Guinness Book of World Records title for having been portrayed on screen than any other fiction...

(B) Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
All Sherlockians know that the only villain who could match the most famous and celebrated of all fictional detectives is the fiendish Professor Moriarty.  As we were promised in the postscript to...

(B) Shopgirl

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
"Shopgirl" is a luminous, if melancholy, modern-day fairy tale about a lost princess named Mirabelle (Claire Danes) whose path to true love is complicated when she meets an evil enchanter. Okay, h...

(B) Shrek the Third

Genre: Family Issues
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Did you ever wonder what happens to the villains while the hero and heroine are living happily ever after? We get to find out in this third chapter in the saga of Shrek. In the previous episode, ...

(B) Shrek the Third

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MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Did you ever wonder what happens to the villains while the hero and heroine are living happily ever after? We get to find out in this third chapter in the saga of Shrek. In the previous episode, ...

(B) Silver City

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
A movie about a dim, rich, conservative political candidate named "Pilager" (pronounced "pillager") who finds a corpse on the end of his fishing line when he is makng a commercial is not going for ...

(B) A Single Man

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
Designer Tom Ford has exquisite taste, and his first movie is an exquisite movie. Based on a story by Christopher Isherwood, as adapted by Ford, it is the story of one day in the life of a British...

(B) Snakes on a Plane

Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
If there's ever an Oscar for truth in titling, it will go to "Snakes on a Plane." As zillions of internet fans have noted for months, that says it all. This is the snakiest plane movie and the pla...

(B) The Soloist

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MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
All around Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez (Robert Downey, Jr.), everything seems to be broken or breaking. The newspaper is losing readers and laying off staff. His marriage to editor Ma...

(B) Something New

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
They are so afraid we won't get the point that this movie has our heroine literally letting down her hair, literally putting some color into her beige world, and -- in case we still don't get it --...

(B) Soul Plane

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
What happens when you take a relatively big budget for a comedy ($16 million), a tried-and-true comic vehicle in the plane from which no one can escape, and a handful of actors clearly having fun? ...

(B) Soul Surfer

Genre: Stories About Kids
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: Middle School
Bethany Hamilton (AnnaSophia Robb) tells us that as a child she spent more time wet than dry. She is the daughter of competitive surfers, home-schooled so that nothing would interfere with her trai...

(B) Space Chimps

Genre: Fantasy
MPAA Rating: G     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
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(B) Sparkle

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: High School
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(B) The Spiderwick Chronicles

Genre: Fantasy
MPAA Rating: PG     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
spiderwick%20poster.jpgThe best-selling series o...

(B) Spinning Into Butter

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Middle School
The best of intentions and a welcome willingness to engage on the touchiest issues is not enough to keep this movie from feeling more like a seminar than a story. It betrays its origins as a play,...

(B) The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
"Spongebob Squarepants" is a pleasantly silly animated television show for children that has earned the gratitude of parents for not being sugary or dull. It also has a bit of a cult following amo...

(B) Stand Up Guys

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MPAA Rating: R     Audience: Mature High Schooler
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(B) Step Up

Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
A ballet dancer needs a partner for the biggest show of the year. She sees a boy working off his community service time at her school showing some of his dance moves off to a friend. Could he do? W...

(B) Step Up 3D

Genre: Series/Sequel
MPAA Rating: PG-13     Audience: Middle School
"Will I be able to understand it if I never saw the first two 'Step Up' movies?" asked a friend. Uh, you'll be able to understand it if you have never seen a single movie and don't speak English. ...

(B) The Stepford Wives

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The women's movement of the 1970's was one of the most seismic social movements in U.S. history because it affected every single household. It was about more than equal pay for equal work; it was a...

(B) Stepford Wives

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The women's movement of the 1970's was one of the most seismic social movements in U.S. history because it affected every single household. It was about more than equal pay for equal work; it was a...

(B) Stuck on You

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: Mature High Schooler
The Farrelly brothers (There's Something About Mary, Me, Myself and Irene, Shallow Hal) have shifted the mix a bit with their latest movie. There is still plenty of outrageous physical humor, but ...

(B) Supercross

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MPAA Rating:     Audience: 4th - 6th Grades
I've got to give this movie some credit for its lack of pretense and the modesty of its goals. The title says it all. This movie is called "Supercross" and that's exactly what it is. It's prett...



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